Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Overview

Opened in 1926, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is one of the high-profile exhibitions of modern art. It is known for the retrospective artworks of artists like Edvard Munch, Isamu Noguchi, and Tsuguharu Foujita. 

Some of the highlights of this museum include sculptures dating back to the 12th to 20th century. Apart from these artworks, the museum also houses a lot of calligraphic works. This museum was originally known as the Tokyo Prefectural Art Museum and was later renamed as the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in 1943. The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum showcases diverse art exhibits, making it a highlight in many Tokyo trip packages for art lovers.tok

This was also the first public art museum in Japan and is one of the best construction works of Kunion Maekawa- a modernist architect. The museum has 5 floors filled with exhibits, along with a restaurant, auditorium, library and archives. There is also a memorial lounge dedicated to Sato Keitaro- the founder of this museum. Every year, the museum hosts up to 280 exhibits per year, including that of high profile artists too, which is worth checking out. 


• Explore a wide range of art exhibitions, from classical masterpieces to contemporary works, showcasing both Japanese and international artists at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.
• Admire the striking architecture of the museum, designed by renowned architect Kunio Maekawa, blending modern design with functional elegance.
• Engage in hands-on art workshops and educational programs, perfect for art enthusiasts and families looking to unleash their creativity
• Enjoy the museum’s prime location within Ueno Park, providing a serene environment for leisurely walks and additional cultural experiences.
• Discover unique art-related souvenirs, books, and gifts at the museum shop, offering a perfect memento of your cultural journey.

How To Reach

1. By Car: The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is 24 kilometres away from the heart of Tokyo. Therefore, if you're driving, the 407 Metropolitan Expressway route will get you to the National Museum of Nature and Science in 40 minutes. Do remember that this route has tolls.

2. By Train: The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is 700 metres away from the Ueno station. Once you get down at the station, it will take up to 10 minutes to reach the museum. If you're taking the train, use the Keihin Tohoku line and the overall travel time can vary based on where you are in the city. 

Best Time To Visit

The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is open on all days of the year and comes with all types of experiences and activities.

1. Best Day of the Week: You can visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum at any day of the week as it is open throughout the year. However, we recommend visiting the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum during the weekdays as the chances of crowding is less and you can explore comfortably. 

2. Best Time of the Day: Travel to Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum at any time of the day, preferably between morning to afternoon. At this time, you can explore the museum patiently and explore all that it offers. 

Other Essential Information

Visitor Tips:

1. The museum is closed on the first and third mondays throughout the year, so plan your visit accordingly.

2. Explore the gift shop near the museum premises for merchandise worth buying. 

3. If you are hungry, you can visit the restaurant located in the museum for a quick bite.

4. The museum is wheelchair friendly and comes with dedicated washrooms that people can access. 

5. The museum closes everyday at 20:00 hrs, to plan your visit to the museum accordingly. 

6. Although the museum has free entry on 18 May, there is a high possibility of crowds. 

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